1. Receiving your application – Once we receive your completed application form we will send you an acknowledgement e-mail / letter and let you know the name of the funding officer who will carry out your assessment.
2. Assessing your application – Your funding officer will contact you to arrange a visit that suits you and may ask you for some additional information.
This could include, for example:
- A detailed project budget
- Staffing information
- A copy of your organisation’s latest accounts
- If your work is existing, some evidence of the impact or difference your project has made to date.
3. Face-to-face assessment visit – During the visit your funding officer will discuss your project and explore how it meets the programme outcomes and has engaged with our three key themes. Your funding officer will also discuss with you how the project will be delivered and the difference the project will make.
4. Assessment report – Once the visit is complete your funding officer will write up an assessment report which will consider:
how your project meets the programme outcomes and our three key themes
If the delivery and cost of the project is appropriate and realistic
if your organisation has the skills, experience and resources to deliver the project.
The assessments will be moderated by our team. If we need more information, your funding officer will contact you.
5. Decisions – There are different decision routes depending on how strong your application is and the amount of funding you have requested. Your project is presented at decision meetings alongside other projects and this is a competitive process.
The team will meet to discuss your project. If it does not meet the assessment criteria, your project will not be awarded funding and your funding officer will inform you of the decision. At this stage, you will be given the opportunity to receive detailed feedback on why your project was unsuccessful. An unsuccessful application does not affect your ability to re-apply.
If your project meets the assessment criteria, then who makes the decision will depend on the amount of funding requested:
For applications requesting funding of £200,000 and under
Projects at this level will be presented at a meeting of experienced staff from across the organisation. Your funding officer will inform you of the decision taken at this meeting.
For applications requesting funding over £200,001
Projects at this level will be considered by our Northern Ireland Committee, which is made up of six people (Read more about the Northern Ireland Committee members). Your funding officer will inform you of the decision taken at this meeting.
Between submitting your application and receiving your decision should take no longer than four months.
If your project is unsuccessful your funding officer will provide feedback by phone and you can also arrange a feedback meeting. You will also receive a letter confirming the decision.
If your project is successful, we will send you an offer letter and your funding officer will be in contact to discuss next steps.